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Kosuda and her daughter, Carol, specialize in simple, elegant floral designs consisting of one flower in abundance. The Victorian bouquet, an arrangement made to look like one single rose, is fashioned from almost 50 roses (from $450). Kosuda is especially big among fashion-industry types. Bouquets from $350.millefioriflowers.com
Raised on a flower farm in Holland, René Hofstede wasn’t in the business until he was accidentally discovered by Giorgio Armani execs. He now runs a full floral and event décor studio. For summer, he favors lime-green cymbidium orchids and ranunculus from his brother’s Dutch farm. Centerpieces from $125; bouquets from $150.ovandony.com
Mexican designer Sandra de Ovando has a love of bold colors and a distinctly sculptural style-containers are not always necessary. Her arrangements are elegant and artsy. She might create a ball of roses on a pillow of petals or a fleet of calla lilies standing at attention as if in a queue. Centerpieces and bouquets start at $150.
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To create personalized designs, Lisa Moreta sits down with her clients to review images and samples of what they love-no preset packages here. Centerpieces from $200; bridal bouquets start at $200. By appointment only.philipbaloun.com
A favorite for all kinds of high-society events, the late Baloun-who passed away in July 2007¬-was a remarkable party designer in the city. Currently, his studio can re-create his dramatic bouquets using massive arrangements of blossoms, branches, and candles. Centerpieces and bouquets start at $175.
This quaint shop brings Parisian luxury to New York. The arrangements are monochromatic, with textural flourishes like twigs of rosemary and eucalyptus seeming to grow unchecked out of antique crates and old apothecary bottles. Bouquets and centerpieces average $120, but this florist will also do simpler-or more elaborate-work.posyflowers.com
With a shared passion for flowers, Paula Duarte and Stamos Arakas, a former landscape architect and restaurant owner, respectively, joined forces to create Posy. This high-end florist primarily uses square, glass containers and tight bunches of flowers, and can acquire almost anything, from lavish luminaries to custom tablecloths. Bouquets start at $150; centerpieces at $100.prudencedesigns.net
Though Prudence Designs has done its share of grand, over-the-top weddings, Grayson Handy and Arturo Quintero generally cater to those looking for something a little funky-think peonies and garden roses sprouting from Chinese takeout boxes. The pair offer full wedding planning as well. Centerpieces and bouquets start at $200.
Corvino uses the season and environment as her guiding inspiration when selecting the finest flowers for her monochromatic architectural arrangements. Centerpieces start at $300; bridal bouquets at $250.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
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